The recent search operation at the Arade reservoir in Portugal raised hopes. Is the Maddie McCann case on the verge of a breakthrough after more than 16 years?
Braunschweig – The large-scale search operation in the case of the missing Maddie McCann came as a surprise to many. What and why are the police looking for in this particular place? A creepy find at the Arade reservoir is said to have triggered the latest operation in Portugal. However, for more than 16 years there has been no trace of Madeleine McCann. The then three-year-old disappeared in 2007 from a holiday resort on Praia de Luz in Portugal. Now the public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig is commenting on the search operation for the first time.
Maddie McCann case: Items seized – prosecutor's office comments
"The search operation carried out last week in the area of the Arade reservoir in Portugal ended on schedule on Thursday after three days," according to a press release issued on Thursday (June 1, 2023). And further: "A previously well-defined area along the reservoir was completely searched for possible pieces of evidence."
Maddie McCann case: Police scoured the area around the Arade reservoir in Portugal in May 2023. © Joao Matos/AP/Police
So far, the Braunschweig public prosecutor's office has been reluctant to provide details, referring to "investigative tactical reasons" and apparently sticking to this line: "As part of the measure, some items were seized," which would be evaluated in the coming days and weeks.
"It is not yet possible to say whether some of the items are actually related to the Madeleine McCann case," the prosecutor's office said. It also remains unclear whether this is a "bra strap", clothing and plastic objects, as the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha reported last week. So it's no wonder that a renowned forensic scientist is rushing ahead with three possible theories.
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In the case of the missing Maddie McCann, 46-year-old German Christian B. is a key figure in the eyes of investigators. The convicted sex offender is considered the prime suspect. Investigators are convinced that Christian B. kidnapped and murdered the British girl in 2007. But her body was never found. Christian B. lived regularly in the Algarve from 1995 to 2007. However, the authority has not yet brought charges against B. in the Maddie case.
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Fancy a voyage of discovery?
It remains to be seen whether evidence or clues related to the disappearance of Maddie McCann have been found at the reservoir in Portugal. Even the public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig is putting the brakes on: "The investigations against the 46-year-old suspect are expected to continue for a long time. (ml)